Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/1/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-1-2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 225 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 18,368 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 160,918 positive cases.

If anyone has questions about COVID-19, you can call the 24-hour New Jersey Hotline at (800) 222-1222. You can also visit the State of NJ Coronavirus Website Here.

Reminder: 2nd Quarter Tax Grace Period Due June 1, 2020:

The grace period for payment of 2nd quarter taxes ends on June 1st.  To avoid penalties retroactive to May 1st, payment MUST be received by the Tax Department by 4:30pm on June 1st.  USPS mail delivered on or before June 1st will be marked received on the date delivered, post marked does not indicate receipt.  Any payments deposited in the drop box at Borough Hall will be collected at 4:30pm on the 1st and marked received as well.

Plastic Film and Styrofoam Collection Still Suspended:

The Plastic Film and Styrofoam Collection at the Oakland First Aid Squad is still temporarily suspended until further notice. An announcement will be made when the collection is back up and running.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

Meeting Links and Passwords for upcoming Board, Committee, and Commission Meetings are posted here.

  • Oakland Shade Tree Commission 6/1 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Commission 6/2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 6/4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Recreation Commission 6/8 at 8:00 p.m. (Special Meeting to discuss Spring and Summer Sports Programs)
  • Board of Health 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.

Governor Murphy Announces NJ is ready to move to Stage 2 of Restart and Recovery:

Today Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is ready to move to Stage 2 of the restart and recovery – starting Monday, June 15th. This includes the following:

  • Effective 6/15:
    • Outdoor dining at restaurants can begin
    • Non-essential in-person retail can begin
  • Effective 6/22:
    • Salons and barber shops can open
  • In the period to follow:
    • Gyms and health clubs can open

Grants for Child Care Centers & Youth Camps:

The NJ Dept. of Human Services announced the availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19. Child care centers can receive up to $5,000, while youth camps can receive up to $2,000. The money can be used to purchase additional cleaning products, personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and thermometers, and other products and services to assist centers in complying with appropriate guidelines.

Short-Term Rental Assistance:

A new COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program will provide $100 million of rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income as a result of the pandemic, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program will devote approximately 20 percent of funding to serve those who are very low income and homeless or at risk of homelessness with up to 12 months of rental assistance. For the remainder of the funding, DCA will administer an online lottery. Applicants selected through the lottery will be eligible to receive up to six months of short-term rental assistance.

Deadline for Property Tax Appeals Extended:

Legislation has been signed which temporarily extends the deadline to file a property tax appeal to July 1, 2020, and the deadline for county boards of taxation to render decisions in tax appeal cases to September 30, 2020. The bill takes effect immediately and applies retroactively to April 1, 2020.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on scope of the virus and hospitalizations, including the number of patients hospitalized, discharged, in critical care, in intensive care, and on ventilators, along with data on statewide ventilator capacity, numbers of positive/negative tests, and more.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites: There are currently 57 COVID-19 testing sites across the state, including State-sponsored and private facilities. To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.